21 February 2011

Libyans used to be afraid. But...,

after they saw the blood they aren't afraid anymore, they are angry. (To use a quote from a Guardian article)

- Protests have spread like wildfire out of Benghazi and other western towns to the doorsteps of the regime;

-the Libyan military murders the protestors by the score and yet the protests continue

- Diplomats are defecting and fighter pilots are seeking asylum rather than bomb or strafe protestors.

- Various tribes

Papers are even carrying rumours that Ghaddafi has upped sticks and has fled to Venezuela.

The last item sounds like a rumour (But oh if it were true!). Ghaddafi's son has appeared o tv denying airstikes on protestors (they were hitting ammo dumps, honest guv!).

There are reports that Ghaddafi will appear shortly on Libyan tv. However defiant he may be it now looks clear that his 42 year hold on Libya is close to its end. He is staring into the abyss...

Just one more push and he tumbles into the abyss...


Renegade Eye said...

Ghadaffi's son has no government position, and he gave the government's pitch on TV.

We live in exciting times.

jams o donnell said...

Who thought at Christmas that we would be seeing this Ren?

susan said...

It's quite amazing, isn't it?

Francis Hunt said...

I'm still worried that it will be very bloody - a divided army is not a hopeful sign.

And, oh the West and its morally bankrupt politics! Having spent decades demonising him as a mad supporter of terrorists, Ghadaffi has been allowed to cozy up to the so-called "civilized world" since 9/11. After all, Libya supplies lots of lovely oil to help still the West's massive energy thirst.

Europe has also given him millions to make sure that thousands of young African men don't risk their lives in leaky overcrowded boats, crossing the Mediterranean to reach the fabled golden-paved streets of Europe. Already the collapse of the regime in Tunisia has seen thousands of migrants, inspired by the scent of an early spring of freedom, landing on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Talk about the chickens of decades of cynical politics which has ignored poverty and the lack of prospects for the young in Africa coming home to roost!

jams o donnell said...

Who would have thought it Susan

Francis Ghaddafi is another vicious bastard that has been cosied up to. It makes me sick

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I hope Libyans would't let him tumble into the abyss. It's too good an end for the bastards. First they should get him.

jams o donnell said...

I would shed few tears mon ami